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Certified Local Government Program

For more information contact:

Michelle Thompson
Certified Local Government & Main Street Design Specialist
(360) 890-2617

Washington State's Certified Local Government (CLG) Program helps local governments to actively participate in preserving Washington's irreplaceable historic and cultural resources as assets for the future. This unique nationwide program of financial and technical assistance was established by the National Historic Preservation Act. In Washington, it is implemented and administered by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP).

Local governments that establish a historic preservation program meeting federal and state standards are eligible to apply to the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and the National Park Service for certification. A local government that receives such certification is known as a "Certified Local Government" or "CLG."  

House, Mount VernonResponsibilities of a CLG include maintaining a historic preservation commission, surveying local historic properties, enforcing state or local preservation laws, reviewing National Register Nominations, and providing for public participation in historic preservation activities. Find a list of current program participants here.

Obtaining status as a CLG may help a local government encourage, develop, and maintain its local preservation efforts in coordination with its development plans. In addition, CLGs may apply for special grants from the SHPO; CLGs may offer Special Tax Valuation to locally listed properties; receive recognition for their preservation expertise by local, state, and federal agencies; obtain technical assistance and training from the SHPO; participate in the review of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; participate in the national historic preservation assistance network; regularly exchange information with the SHPO; and participate in statewide preservation programs and planning.

Certified Local Governments and DAHP share in the role as primary agencies with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. Together, CLGs and DAHP advocate for the preservation of historically significant buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts. Through education and information, these programs provide leadership for the protection of our shared heritage. For more information contact our Certified Local Government Coordinator, Michelle Thompson at (360) 890-2617 or email: